Iowa OT Wirfs suspended one game

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz issued a statement regarding two players who were suspended for the opener.Photo: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

Coach Ferentz confirmed on Wednesday that Wirfs will be suspended for the season opener.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed on Wednesday that starting offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs will be suspended for the season opener against Northern Illinois.

The announcement comes a few days after Wirfs was cited for driving while under the influence.

Wirfs is the second Hawkeyes starter to be suspended one game. Starting defensive tackle Brady Reiff was suspended after he was arrested for public intoxication last month.

Ferentz provided a statement regarding the suspensions:

"It's always disappointing when student-athletes make decisions that are against the law and/or inconsistent with the University of Iowa's code of conduct or team policies," Ferentz said. "Within one week, two of our players were arrested on alcohol-related charges. As a veteran football coach and parent, I understand firsthand the personal pain and public humiliation that comes with making such decisions. While these players are college students first, they are held to a much higher standard because of the privilege and responsibility that comes with being a member of the Iowa football program.

"Any player in violation of team rules or the university code of conduct is subjected to a variety of penalties. My philosophy and practice is consistent, and that is to hold players accountable -- no matter their position on the depth chart. However, I hold senior members of the team to a higher standard because they know and understand the expectations.

"These situations can be defining moments for all students. It is my responsibility to hold our players accountable and help them learn and succeed. My goal is to develop a winning culture that translates into championship seasons and players who are successful in life."

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